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Magnitude-4.6 earthquake strikes near Red Deer

A rare earthquake rattled central Alberta this morning.

The magnitude-4.6 tremor happened minutes before 6 a.m. MST about four kilometres southwest of Red Deer, Alta.

According to Earthquakes Canada, the earthquake was a shallow one with a depth of just one kilometre.

There’s been no report of injuries or major damage, but FortisAlberta confirmed a power outage that’s believed to be connected to the incident.

Historically, this is one of the largest recorded earthquakes to ever strike Alberta.

The only stronger earthquake was a magnitude-4.8 tremor that shook Jasper, right on the British Columbia border, 38 years ago.

Another magnitude-4.6 earthquake was measured in Lethbridge in 2003.

According to Earthquakes Canada, however, this is the largest recorded earthquake for this specific region of Alberta.

An official cause for the earthquake hasn’t been provided, but the speculation from many is that it was caused by fracking.



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